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Wednesday, February 28, 2007


New federal roads to have two bike lanes.

That's a title of a press report from Malaysia (23 February 2007). Are bicycles being used that often in Malaysia? Apparently not, it refers to motorcycles! Here, for what it's worth:
KUALA LUMPUR. New federal roads will be required to have motorcycle lanes on both sides, in an effort to reduce road accidents, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. However, new motorcycle lanes would not be built in the city simply because there was no space or reserve land available, he said.
"There are not many motorcycle lanes in Kuala Lumpur. We want to build them but there is no space or reserve land to do so.
"For federal roads, the Government has directed us to plan for special motorcycle lanes.
"Hundreds of people die every year from road accidents. We have to take this into account.
"For new federal roads, there must be an allocated motorcycle lane on the left and right side of the road, unlike before where it is only available at the side of the road," he told reporters after officially launching the new exchange near the Segambut-Jalan Kuching roundabout.
Samy Vellu said he had asked the Works Department to inform him of the amount needed to build the motorcycle lanes.
New lanes, he said, would only be built on current federal roads if allocation or land was available.
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